Aldersgate United Methodist Church
A vibrant and inclusive Christian community 
growing in faith, love, health and service                                                                       June 23, 2016
Aldersgate UMC
14230 SE Newport Way
Bellevue, WA  98006
(425) 746-9800
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Lead Pastor

Church Office

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care & Counseling
Rev. Laura Wall

Children & Family Ministry

Preschool Director

Music Director, 1st Service

Music Director, 2nd Service

Core Leaders, Chair
June 24-26
PNW UMC Annual Church Conference
June 25
Church Hike
June 27
ACP Summer Camp #2
June 28
VBS Workshop
June 29
Missionary Lunch
VBS Workshop
July 4
Independence Day
Office Closed
July 7
VBS Workshop
July 9
Young Adult BBQ
July 10
Youth Foot Golf
July 11
ACP Summer Camp #3
July 14
VBS Workshop
July 15
Church Office Closed
July 16
Church Hike
July 18
ACP Summer Camp #4
July 25
August Calendar Events
July 25-28
Vacation Bible School
July 31
Sunday Service @ 10am
Church Picnic
Aug 5
Church Office Closed
Aug 19
Church Office Closed
Aug 27
Church Hike
Aug 28
Youth Kickball
Church Leadership 

Click these links to read the minutes of the Core Leadership Team and the monthly minutes of the Ministry Teams.

Core Leaders (April)

Trustees (May)

Staff Relations (April)

Lay Leadership (April)

Worship (April)

Finance (Mar)

Preschool (Feb)

Outreach (Jan)


To bring a project, program or fundraiser idea to the Aldersgate Common Table for consideration, please fill out the  ACT PROPOSAL FORM  


For an explanation of the Core Leadership Team and a description of the Aldersgate Common Table, CLICK HERE.

Feed Your Soul
See today's devotional from the Upper Room.   CLICK HERE
Who signed up to provide altar flowers on July 10? Someone started to fill out their information on the flower calendar by the church office but forgot to leave their name. We need a name.  Please contact Wendi in the church office if that was you!


"The Possible Standard "

Luke 19:1-10 and Philippians 2:3-5

These next two Sundays, worship will be led by our own Vince Fratello.  I've read through the sermons and seen his approach to worship and I dearly wish I could be here to listen.  What he is bringing is outstanding and appropriate for our study of Jesus, the family, and the role of the church in the world.  This Sunday, the title is "The Possible Standard" and focuses on the next version of what many of us remembered as WWJD (What Would Jesus Do).  He will be examining first, what did Jesus really do?  He then focuses on his own family, particularly his grandmother who was a cook many places starting with a sheep ranch.  She was always "present" in thought, word, deed; her mind focused on what lay before her.  So what needs our attention, our attentive action, particularly in this complex world of phones, texting, computers and the many things that can take our focus away from what is needed?  To answer that question we need look no farther than Jesus.  This will be a message not to be missed.  As many of us gather at Annual Conference and then I head to Twinlow Camp to help train their young leaders, this sermon comes at exactly the right time.  To prepare please read both Luke 19: 1 - 10 and Philippians 2: 3 - 5.  
Ministry News

First Service Time Change
July 10 - 9:00am
Please note, starting on Sunday July 10 and continuing through August 28, the first service start time will change to 9:00am on a trial basis.  This summer we will decide if it is something we will continue through the Fall with our full program schedule.

ONE Service & Church Picnic 
Sunday July 31, 10:00am
On Sunday, July 31 there will be only one service at 10:00am when we will worship together as one body in Christ Jesus.  Following the service, please join us for the annual church picnic.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Also bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Reception for Katherine Parker
June 29, Noon
Katherine Parker, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC now serving in Nepal, will be joining us  June 29 at noon in Friendship Hall. Aldersgate helps support her mission which involves serving as part of the health team of the United Mission to Nepal.  Her work there is focused in three areas: 1) Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene; 2) Maternal and child health; and 3) Water, sanitation, and hygiene. The reception will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about her work and life there. A light lunch will be served.  Please sign up on Sunday's attendance form.  Contact is Jean Rummel.

Pastor's Whereabouts  
This week Pastor Brad is attending the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church Annual Conference in Puyallup, and then he will be the camp pastor at Camp Twinlow for a week.  Church member Vince Fratello will be leading worship and preaching this Sunday, June 26 and also on July 3.  Pastor Brad will be back in the pulpit on July 10.

Gay Pride Parade
June 26
We have been offered the opportunity to march with Redmond United Methodist Church at the Pride Parade on  Sunday, June 26th.  The United Methodist churches in this area will march together.   There is a send-off service at 10:30am at First UMC of Seattle (180 Denny Way) and everyone will then leave around 10:45am for the parade route. Their best guess is that we will start moving around 11:30am and it will take 1½ hour to finish the route - the parade officially starts at 11:00am..   First UMC also has T-shirts for sale to wear for $20.  The front says "All Are Welcome" and the back has a mosaic fish with the words, Pride + Faith.  Stan and Candace McKenzie will be going and would be glad to carpool with anyone who would like to join them.  If this is something that interests you, email them at

Summer Giving  
We thank you for your financial support and remind you that summers are usually our leanest months because many of you will be gone on vacation.  We encourage everyone to catch up on their donation pledges. If you have not already done so, please consider signing up for automatic, recurring, electronic giving.  It's fast, it's simple, and it really helps us keep the lights on and programs going during the summer months. For more information, go to the giving page of the church website (   For those members in town for part or all of the summer, click here to check out our website  calendar page for summer events !  Blessings to you and your family. - Finance Team

VBS Workshops
June 28, June 29, July 7, July 14  
There will be workshops held on the following days to help prepare decorations and crafts for Vacation Bible School: June 28, July 7 and July 14 from 6 - 8pm plus June 29 from 11am - 2pm.  Please come when you can and help us get ready for the most fun week of the year!  

Kid's Club Volunteers 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up to host a Kid's Club this summer. It is easy and fun and a great way to serve the church. Kid's Club is a fellowship time for kids during the first worship service. There are typically between 4-15 kids present that range from 3 years old to tween age. Share a part of your story and your passions with the kids - they love getting to know members of their Aldersgate Family.  Play games or do an art project with them.  Talk with Jen Hoerber about ideas that could work or to find someone to host with you!

Communion Servers
We are updating our list of people willing to help serve communion.  Servers are asked to serve communion the same morning that they will be serving.  Click here for the current list of people willing to serve communion and learn how you can add your name to the list or have your name removed from the list. Contact is Malia Hampson.

Jars Needed
We need plastic jars with lids for a Vacation Bible School project.  We need  pint or quart size, such as a mayonnaise jar or a peanut butter jar. Leave them in the bag by Linda Detering's mailbox or give them to Jen Hoerber.   Thank you.

Preschool Employment Opportunity
Aldersgate Christian Preschool has several openings for the 2016-2017 school year from September through June.   The openings are for Preschool Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aide and Substitutes.   Applications are available in the Preschool Office located on the lower level of the church facility.  Interested applicants should call the preschool 425-562-0433. 

Fun Events

Youth Group (6th-12th Grade)
Youth Group continues through the summer on  Sunday evenings from  6:00-8:00pm.   NEW TIME!  All youth from 6th-12th grade are welcome.  Click here for the summer schedule.   If you have any questions about the youth program, contact Pastor Brad or Jen Hoerber.
Here are some upcoming events:
* June 25 - Everyone come hike the Lake Hills Greenbelt trail.  
     Meet 9:00am  at the Demonstration Garden near the corner
     of 16th and 156th streets.
*June 26 - Youth Group, 6:00pm-8:00pm - NEW TIME!
      Eat your dinner before you come!
*July 3 - Holiday weekend. NO Youth Group
*July 10 - Come play  FootGolf!  Meet at 6:00pm at the Crossroads
      golf course  ( 15801 NE 15th ST, Bellevue) . Cost $13/adults or
      $9/juniors. Bring a soccer ball  or rent one for $3. 
      Wear comfortable clothes. Please sign up with Jen Hoerber .

Summer Hikes 
Save the dates and hike with us this summer on Saturday mornings. Meet other Aldersgate hikers at the trailhead at 9:00am.   Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact is   Jen Hoerber
 - June 25 - Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail, meet at the Demonstration
      Garden  near the corner of 16th & 156th streets.
 - July 16 - Coal Creek Falls Trail
 - August 27 - Twin Falls Trail
Preschool Summer Camp
Enroll now in Aldersgate's Preschool summer camp program.  For children 3 years old through 1st grade graduates.  Hours are 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday.  Weekly fee is $150.  CLICK HERE for summer camp information and registration forms.  Call or email the preschool for more information at 425-562-0433 or  Weekly themes are:
June 27-30 ~ Insects, Reptiles and Amphibians
July 11-14 ~ Jungles, Rain Forests and Savannas
July 18-21 ~ Oceans, Sea Life and Aquatic Birds

At The Crossroads BBQ  
July 9, 6:30pm
The young adult group "At the Crossroads" will have its Summer BBQ Potluck on Saturday, July 9 from 6:30-10:00pm at Aldersgate UMC.  The drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs are provided.  Please bring a side dish to share with 10-12 people.  We will play lawn games, and wrap the evening up with an outdoor movie after it gets dark at 9:00pm.  All young adults (college and early career age) are welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and a lawn chair!  Check out the Facebook event at

VBS Registration
Register for VBS Today!  All kids entering pre-k through grade 5 in the fall are welcome!  Make sure to invite your friends  to this fun filled week of worship and experiencing God's love.  Registration forms can be found  HERE .  Cost is $30 per child and payment can be made with a check (mark VBS in the memo line) or go to the  church website  to pay online.  There are scholarships available.

Church Picnic
July 31 @ 11:30am
On Sunday, July 31 there will be only one service at 10:00am when we will worship together as one body in Christ Jesus.  Following the service, please join us for the annual church picnic.  Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 10-12 people.  The main dish and drinks will be provided.  Also bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Please sign up to help. Contact is  Jen Hoerber.
Outreach & Missions World
Crossroads Feeding Program Needs YOU!
Summer is upon us and there are opportunities to serve those in need. The Crossroads Feeding Program is looking for volunteers to serve and donate food in June, July, August and September. We ask that servers be at least 10 years of age though younger kids can still help. Please check your calendars and click here  to sign-up or feel free to email Melinda Lilley  directly to find out specific needs. 

Thanks form C4H
Thank you to everyone who donated food or prepared and served dinner to the men in the Congregations for the Homeless shelter at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Your time and donations make a huge difference in the lives of these men.  Congregations for the Homeless is a stepping stone to breaking the cycle of homelessness.  Their program is comprehensive.  If you would like to learn more about this organization, check out their website:   Thank you again for caring and supporting this program

Craft & Program Supplies Need for Lazy F
We are collecting craft and program supplies for the Camp Lazy F.   Click here for a complete list of the supplies needed.  Supplies will be collected through June. Look for the collection box in the narthex.

Foodbank 5000 Item Challenge 
The food challenge continues.  We've achieved over 20% toward our goal - a total of 1,137 food items have been collected so far.
Prayer List   

People Who Passed Away  
*Kent Amsberry's mother Doris
*John Martinsen's uncle John
*Colleen Olleman's uncle Randolf
*Mary Blakney's sister
*Don & Edna Fadden's friend Steve
*Dan Kinney's brother.

People with Health Concerns
*Marcia Stansell
*Don & Edna Fadden's grandniece Jasmine
*Emily Browder's brother Ben
*Geri Martinsen's friends Terry
* Marvin & Norma Bush's daughter Karen

Additional Prayers 
*Missionary Katherine Parker, City of Federal Way
Submit prayer requests to Dorothy Bennett, the Prayer Chain Coordinator, or fill out a pew prayer card or contact the church office.  Prayer requests will  stay on the Prayer Chain for about 3 weeks.  Please contact Dorothy or the church office with an update if you want the request to be prayed for longer.  
All prayer requests will appear in the church newsletters unless you specifically request otherwise.